A timetable has been revealed for how long it could take wide receiver Justin Jefferson to return to the Minnesota Vikings.
A hamstring injury suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5 saw star wide receiver Justin Jefferson be placed on injured reserve, forcing him to miss at least four games during the 2023 NFL season.
Although fans knew the minimum time Jefferson would miss with this hamstring issue, there wasn't much information available regarding how long the injury could keep him out at the other end of the timeline.
Recently, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter shared on X (formerly Twitter) an update from a doctor's point of view and explained what it would take to get the star wide receiver back on the football field this season.
From the sound of the social media post, Jefferson will start testing his hamstring near the time of when his four games out for injured reserve status are over. This could make him eligible to play in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints.
Although he would be able to return from IR at that point, it isn't a given that his hamstring would be good to go. The medical opinion regarding the injury is that he could be out as long as six weeks of the season. If that is the case, Jefferson's return could come in Week 12 when the Vikings host the Chicago Bears.
The impact that Justin Jefferson can make on an NFL game is huge. He has proven himself to be one of the best pass-catchers in the league and has made several spectacular plays since arriving in Minnesota.
Hopefully the Minnesota Vikings don't have to wait the full six weeks to get Justin Jefferson back. But if it takes longer for him to heal and be ready to take the field, the team needs to be ready for that situation as well.